Аваков Арсен «Is Lenin with us?»
The article “Lenin is with us” by Arsen Avakov, the Ukrainian politician and well known public figure, came out in the electronic media in 2007 evoking a wide response among the public and causing a heated discussion in the internet. Ten years later, the author revisits the topic adding a question mark to its title. With the Revolution of Dignity and the “Leninfall” era behind and the Law “On Decommunization” in effect, the readers get an opportunity to remember some direct quotes of the vozhd and ideologist of communism in the USSR and perhaps re-evaluate their attitude to Lenin as both an authentic historical figure and a myth of the Soviet propaganda. The book has been enlarged to include a most interesting section of the chronicle of the people’s “Leninfall” and the official statistics from the Institute of National Remembrance of Ukraine as to dismantling of monuments to Lenin in different oblasts. At the end of the book there is a selection views and feedbacks from famous Ukrainian politicians, public figures and publicists. This new enlarged edition of Arsen Avakov’s book “Is Lenin with Us?” continues the relevant wide public discussion, which is absolutely indispensable for building a mature democracy.